Welcome Morning… at Ridgevale Beach

I love mornings at Ridgevale Beach.

For the light.

For the birds I find there.

This time of year, I’ll see great egrets and snowies…

Terns and laughing gulls, piping plovers.

Some flying low over the tidal flats…

Others feeding in the shallows.

Crouched down with camera in hand, this is pretty much my idea of “heaven”.

Complete with twinkling stars on shimmering blue.


It’s Summer and the Clambake’s Just Gettin’ Started

Looking out across the marsh last evening you’d never know it was the first day of summer – the sea look gray-blue and mighty stormy.

We’ve had an unusually gray, wet spring thus far on the Cape, worst in a decade they say.

But the clammy clime hasn’t stopped Cape Cod summer fever for those who have come for the clambakes and the water sports.

Nor has it slowed down the ospreys who’ve come for the breeding season…

Which appears to be flying along smoothly thus far with fish aplenty!

The fishing’s been good for another of our summertime guests, too, as we see the great egrets are out there casting their nets each and every day.

Gardeners who’ve been wringing their hands over the damp, sunshine-less spring are starting to see some real signs of hope.

Check out this stunning purple bellflower…

And this drop-dead-gorgeous yellow loosestrife!

On my way home last evening, I heard sounds from deep inside this hollowed out tree; a young flicker calling wildly to its Mum.

And at another tree nearby, this young starling was peeking out its head to wish me an early “Happy summer, Sally, what time’s the clambake”?!

Whether your summer days are filled with play or with work, I hope you all find some time to get outside and see some of the natural wonders of the season.

They’re all out there, just waiting for you!  😉







Party Time at the Mill

Mill Landing this weekend seemed like it was going to be all about the great egrets.

Each time I visited it seemed like any which way I turned, to the pond or to the flats, there they were.

Fishing in the shallows…

At long last, having the ‘hood all to themselves for a change.

That is, until the snowies showed up…

To join in on the fun.

‘Seems they’d heard there was a party going on, and they wanted IN!

And it looked like someone had blabbed to the black crowned night herons, as well, for they showed up and said the Snowies had been spreading the word.


And then the OSPREYS began to appear too, their cries filling the skies as they dipped and glided their way into the mix.

Ah well….. I guess everyone knows you never can trust a Snowy to keep a secret, after all…  😉

When all was said and done, I’m not sure who had the best time.

But I do know that if it’s the weekend, you can be sure there’s always a party goin’ on down at the Mill!  😉









Look Who’s Back!

I’m back in the marshes this week, camera in tow, after a busy Derby hat season.

And today I discovered — so are “The Greats”!!

Somehow, all is right with the world once our great egrets return to Cape Cod.

Do they take your breath away, too??  😉

‘Til next time!